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date: 23 July 2024

Language Developmentlocked

Language Developmentlocked

  • Carolyn QuamCarolyn QuamPortland State University
  •  and Teresa RobertsTeresa RobertsPortland State University

Summary

Language is a complex human capacity. The speed with which young children learn it is a remarkable feat. Across diverse cultures and family structures, children learn thousands of languages. Despite tremendous variation across languages, commonalities hold in structure and learning mechanisms. Children undergo perceptual and expressive development. They learn to organize and process language structure at the levels of semantics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and pragmatics. Rates of learning of linguistic patterns are shaped by frequency, complexity, concreteness of form-to-meaning mappings, and the number of exceptions to a rule. In languages with written forms, children apply language knowledge to reading and writing.

Subjects

  • Developmental Psychology

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